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Johnny Manziel Could Still Have a Shot at Being QB, Browns Owner Says

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 01:09 PM

Johnny Manziel's upcoming second season continues to be a topic of discussion a week after he checked into rehab last week, but the Browns are standing by him.

"I think it's way too early to give up on Johnny," owner Jimmy Haslam told a gathering of reporters on Wednesday, ESPN reported. "We certainly haven't given up on him."

Asked if he thinks the former Heisman Trophy winner still stands a chance at becoming a regular starting quarterback, Haslam said "Absolutely.''

"I ask that question a lot to our football people, as recently as today: 'Do we still think he can be a starter in the NFL?' And the answer is consistently yes," he explained, according to Cleveland.com.

"I don't have the ability to judge that. I don't have that kind of technical expertise. Now, he's got to get himself straightened out and you've got to do that on the field, but yes."

He went on to say that he admires Manziel recognizing that he needs to help himself before he helps the team.

"I applaud him for raising his hand and saying 'I need help.' We're going to do everything we can to support him. Our primary interest is making sure that he gets well, if you will. Fixes himself," Haslam said.

"However long that takes, we're going to stand beside him. We hope Johnny can get that straightened out because we feel he's a really good athlete and can help our team. But the first thing he's got to do is get himself fixed."

Manziel, who's reportedly receiving treatment for alcohol abuse, warmed the bench for the majority of the past season, but earned his first start in the professional league during the Browns' penultimate game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he completed only 10 of 18 passes, and threw two interceptions. The Browns lost, 30-0.



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